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Aug 16, 2012, 01:29 PM #32Member
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- Sep 2011
I ride shortboards and a fish but found it was time to buy something with some size to get through the summer in NJ. I picked up an 8'6" Australia a few years ago and have no complaints. It's bulletproof. It blew off my roof last year as I was loading it on my rack (literally about 30' in the air), fell like a daisy cutter bomb, and smashed down to the ground. It was practically unscathed, just 2 small star cracks in the glass on the rail. Yes, it was made in China and I have a lot of other things in my life from China too (like this laptop I'm typing on right now)..... as do many of you. That argument is overplayed, especially for those that are driving a foreign car to the beach to surf. Popouts have a time and a place..... they're inexpensive and can survive practically anything. Would I buy one as my "go to" board? Never. But it serves its purpose.
Aug 16, 2012, 02:19 PM #33Member
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- Jun 2011
I'm not so sure the made in america thing is important to the majority of industries, as long as the factory it comes from pays its workers a living wage, doesn't pollute 5 times worse than other factories, etc...
The reason I think it's important in the surfboard industry is because the little guys are the ones innovating new product, coming up with more sustainable ways to make surfboards, making the best/customized boards, and teaching the next guy. If it's a big company overseas who is filling all those requirements then I don't see anything wrong with buying their board... But it seems like the majority of them are just out for money... doing various things that I don't think are ideal...
Last edited by Kyle Collins; Aug 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM.